Wildlife photography competition 2019

Wildlife Photography Competition 2019

(c) Amy Lewis

Our 2019 Wildlife Photography Competition is now open, giving you the chance to show what Gloucestershire's wildlife and open spaces mean to you.

Winning images will be publicised in the next edition of our members magazine, Wildlife and shared on our website and our social media channels. Some images may also be included in Cotswold Life's 2020 calendar. 

We're looking forward to seeing your entries, whether it's a photograph that's been taken on a smartphone, compact camera or SLR.

Rules of entry

Our photography competition is open to amateur photographers only, and all entries must be taken in Gloucestershire. Closing date for entries is midnight 26th July 2019.

Adult categories

Adult entrants can submit one photo for each category.

Nature & Me: provide a glimpse of what nature means to you, or how you interact with wildlife. Birds in your garden, a butterfly in the park, or an activity you enjoy outdoors in nature, express Nature & Me through a photograph.

Wild Towns:  whether you work in a city or a town, or close to the countryside, show how nature is present in urban areas of Gloucestershire.

Special Reserves: Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust manages 60 nature reserves throughout the county. Each is special for its own reasons. We’re looking for pictures that capture a reserve’s unique nature. Which will you select? Find out what reserves we manage in Gloucestershire.

People and Wildlife: For this category we’re looking for pictures of people of any age out enjoying nature. It can be a family group, friends neighbours or colleagues, individuals or couples. Permission will be needed from the people in the photograph – please see our terms and conditions.

Local Landscapes: choose your favourite Gloucestershire landscape and capture it for the competition, whether it’s a stunning view forma hill or a lower level scene.

Four Seasons: our nature reserves are full of wildlife throughout the year, Send us your favourite photograph from autumn, winter, spring or summer at one of our 60 nature reserves.

Wildlife Close Up: a whole new world can be seen through a micro lens – the vivid patterns on a butterfly wing, a droplet of water on a leaf or the eye of a bumblebee.

Juniors category (16 years and under) – Wildlife in Gloucestershire

Anyone who is 16 or under on 20 July 2019 can enter up to three photographs that capture the theme of Wildlife in Gloucestershire. Take a photo using any device you have, wherever you are.

Schools category – Wildlife at your school

This category is open to any school in Gloucestershire. We’re looking for photographs that capture wildlife at your school, or close to it.

Each school can submit up to six photographs. The winning school will be offered a half-day-photography workshop with expert wildlife photographer, Iain Green, founder of Wildlife Wonder.

Thank you to Iain Green of Wildlife Wonder Photography for donating the prize for the 2019 school's category. To see Iain’s work visit www.wildlifewonder.co.uk

How to enter

Entries must be labelled with your full name and category you are entering.

You must state where and when the photograph was taken (for example, Coombe Hill 30 January 2019).

You must supply your full name, postal address and phone number.

Image files must be at least 300dpi.

Images must have been taken between 20 July 2018 and 20 July 2019.

Take inspiration from the winners, runners up and highly commended of the 2018 Wildlife Photography Competition.